Eueides heliconioidesMargarita Beltrán and Andrew V. Z. Brower
A geographically variable species with many forms that are surprisingly good mimics of red-and-yellow rayed Heliconius species
Geographical DistributionEueides heliconioides is distributed in the Upper Amazonian regions of Peru and Bolivia (Brown, 1981).
HabitsE. heliconioides occurs from 200 to 1,800 m in forest clearings. Usually individuals fly rapidly in the middlestory (Brown, 1981).
- Eueides heliconioides heliconioides C. & R. Felder 1861 - Peru and Bolivia
- Eueides heliconioides eanes Hewitson 1861 - northern Peru, western Rondônia
- Eueides heliconioides koenigi H. & R. Holzinger 1993 - Rio Ucayali, Peru
There are additional names for various phenotypes deemed by Lamas (2004) to be infrasubspecific and synonymous with a polytypic nominate subspecies, as follows:
- Eueides eanes ab. eanides Stichel 1903
- Eueides eanes ab. farragosa Stichel 1903
- Eueides eanes ab. aides Stichel 1903
- Eueides eanes ab. riffarthi Stichel 1903
- Eueides eanes ab. felderi Stichel 1903
- Eueides eanes ab. pluto Stichel 1903
Holzinger & Holzinger (1993) suggest that at least some of these have discrete distributions, particularly in the upper reaches of a number of Peru's major rivers where they are sympatric and appear to be involved in mimicry with various Altinote species. These may eventually warrant elevation to subspecific status.
Brown K. S. 1981 The Biology of Heliconius and related genera. Annual Review of Entomology 26, 427-456.
Felder C. and Rudolf F. 1861 Lepidoptera nova Columbiae. Wiener entomologische Monatschrift 5(3): 72-87 (March), (4): 97-111 (April)
Holzinger, H. & Holzinger, R. 1992 (1993) Eueides eanes koenigi eine neue Subspezies aus Zentralperu (Lepidoptera, Heliconidae). Zeit. Arbeits. Österr. Ent. 44, 95-98.
Lamas, G. (ed.) 2004 Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.
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